The Johnson City Cardinals enjoyed the baseball part of Wednesday’s national holiday, producing an 11-2 road win over Bristol at Boyce Cox Field.
Donivan Williams had quite a day for the Redbirds as he finished a double shy of the cycle in a 4-for-5 effort. He belted a three-run home run to deep left field to break the game open in the fifth.
Leading off the fourth, the Cards’ Nolan Gorman swatted a solo homer down the right-field line on the short porch at DeVault Stadium.
The Cardinals pounded out 17 hits and struck out only six times as a team.
Johnson City starter Evan Sisk — a lefty with an unorthodox delivery similar to Los Angeles Dodgers starter Alex Wood — pitched three solid innings and allowed three hits before Edwar Ramirez relieved him in the fourth.
Ramirez collected the win after striking out three batters in his five innings of work.
“For Ramirez, it was his first time coming out of the bullpen and he was able to show what he can do out of there,” Cardinals manager Roberto Espinoza said. “He felt no pressure coming into a relief role and coming in during a tough situation. He got a ground ball and a strikeout, and that was big.”
One of the key moments in the game transpired when the BriBucs had the bases loaded with nobody out in the fourth.
The Cards were able to get out of the jam unscathed thanks to a strikeout by Ramirez and Yondry Contreras hitting into a 4-6-3 double play that ended the inning.
Sisk had pitched to two batters that reached on a walk and a single before he was replaced.
FOR THE FOES
The Pirates had eight hits on the day and catcher Mikell Granberry finished 2 for 3 with a double.
Leadoff man Francisco Mepris was also 2-for-4 for the Pirates.
The BriBucs and Cardinals will meet again Thursday, with first pitch slated for 7 p.m. at Boyce Cox Field.
Kyle Leahy draws the start for Johnson City on the mound.